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First Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee

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About the Committee:

The First Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee is a group, comprised of lawyers and judges, that strives to enhance equal access to justice by encouraging and promoting pro bono work in the First Judicial Circuit.

Funding to support the work of this Committee is made possible by a grant through the Illinois Restore, Reinvest, Renew (R3) Program.

About the Circuit:

The First Judicial Circuit is in the Fifth Appellate District and includes Alexander, Jackson, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union and Williamson Counties. The Honorable William J. Thurston is the Chief Judge of the First Circuit.


Chair: Honorable Michael A. Fiello, First Judicial Circuit

Elias Armstrong, Dispute Resolution Institute, Inc.
Nina Brown, Attorney at Law
Missy Greathouse, Dispute Resolution Institute, Inc.
Diane Goffinet, Land of Lincoln Legal Aid
Honorable Amanda Gott, First Judicial Circuit
Maria Hafford, Hafford Elder Law Planning
Eugenia Hunter, Attorney at Law
Tammi Jackson, Jackson Law LLC
Gerald Reed, Reed, Heller, Cannell
Michael Ruiz, Southern Illinois University School of Law
Sarah Taylor, Barrett, Twomey, Broom, Hughes & Hoke, LLP
Wenona Whitfield, Professor Emeritus, Southern Illinois University School of Law

Committee Activities:

The Committee was launched in September 2020. Check back here for information on the Committee’s future plans and activities. If you have any questions, contact PILI Managing Attorney Abigail Causer by email or at 217-693-6017.

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